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Premonition

Premonition

by Jason Lindner
     
 
If one wants a good idea of where New York jazz was heading as of the year 2000, this album is a good place to start. Pianist Jason Lindner's Stretch Records debut showcases the big band he has paid dues with at New York's Smalls club for several years. The leader's piano plays a relatively minor role, but his prowess as a composer and arranger comes across loud and

Overview

If one wants a good idea of where New York jazz was heading as of the year 2000, this album is a good place to start. Pianist Jason Lindner's Stretch Records debut showcases the big band he has paid dues with at New York's Smalls club for several years. The leader's piano plays a relatively minor role, but his prowess as a composer and arranger comes across loud and clear. Lindner's eclecticism is bold and purposeful, not trendy. A brief, highly modern intro opens the record, giving way to the classic, bop-oriented big-band sound of the title track, which features a great tenor break by guest soloist Gregory Tardy. But then trombonist Avi Lebovich's "Mr. Demargary" comes along, defying categorization altogether, setting up spirited trading between Alex Norris on flügelhorn and Diego Urcola on muted trumpet, as well as a sweet Fender Rhodes solo by Lindner. It's not bebop, it's not Latin, it's not funk: it's all of these things and more, a precocious brew with an urban, bohemian edge. The album continues along these unpredictable lines. There's Lindner's avant-leaning two-part "Space" suite, his ballad "Aquarius," and two more charts by Lebovich: the rubato horn chorale "Avner" and the Latin-tinged, enigmatic "Closure." Guest bassist Avishai Cohen's brilliant "Gaga," with over the top wah-wah electric bass and Rhodes textures, sounds like interplanetary party music. "Mary's Vibe," dedicated to the late pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams, features rap lyrics delivered by MC Benu Merata, a radically different Williams tribute than trumpeter Dave Douglas's Soul on Soul released earlier the same year. Hip-hop/jazz crossover attempts such as this can easily fall flat, but this works, giving the album further relevance and depth. There are additional guest appearances by Dwayne Burno, Jeff Ballard, and David Pleasant. Lindner's core rhythm section players, bassist Omer Avital, drummer Daniel Freedman, and percussionist Kahlil Kwame Bell, anchor the groove without fail. Altoist Myron Walden contributes a fiery solo on the hard-swinging "Incantation," and tenorist Jimmy Greene is spotlighted on "Gaga" and the Blakey-esque blues "U Near Blew!" Lindner deserves recognition as one of jazz's most important arrangers and composers, and this album ought to help him secure it.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/2000
Label:
Stretch Records
UPC:
0013431902621
catalogNumber:
9026

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jason Lindner   Primary Artist,Piano,fender rhodes
Charles Owens   Tenor Saxophone
Omer Avital   Acoustic Bass
Dwayne Burno   Acoustic Bass
David Schumacher   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Myron Walden   Alto Saxophone
Avishai Cohen   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Jeff Ballard   Drums
Avi Lebovich   Trombone
Alex Norris   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jimmy Greene   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Charles Owens   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Bob Belden   Producer
James Farber   Engineer
Jason Lindner   Director,Producer
Lourdes Delgado   Cover Photo

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